The concert, which has now raised more than $10 million for bushfire victims, has drawn comparisons to the iconic Live Aid concert in 1985 which raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the Ethiopian famine. 

Tambo said was it was “an absolute honour” to share the stage with Farnham and Newton-John.

“The vibe and atmosphere was none like we’ve ever experienced before, just to come together and love and support one another in one of our darkest moments in our modern history,” he said. “To even be on the stage with these names is mind-boggling and something I’ll be digesting for the next couple of weeks.”

Securing the diverse array of musical talent was the work of live entertainment promoter TEG, which organised the show at short notice. Big-name artists Queen, Michael Buble and Alice Cooper were already in Australia and local acts quickly jumped on board to take part.

TEG chief executive Geoff Jones said he was “really satisfied” with the outcome.

While admitting “a lot of people” have described the night as Australia’s Live Aid moment, Mr Jones was happy to downplay the comparison.

Brian May (right) and Adam Lambert of Queen performed to a crowd of 75,000 at Fire Fight on Sunday.

Brian May (right) and Adam Lambert of Queen performed to a crowd of 75,000 at Fire Fight on Sunday.Credit:AAP

“I wouldn’t be as presumptuous as to do that,” he said. “Rather than being our Live Aid moment, it was Australians doing what Australians do. We were there to respect our brothers and sisters and we did that.”

“A lot of our artists were really, really emotional and that gave me a great sense of pride.”


Veteran music commentator Glenn Baker said just as Live Aid did 35 years ago, the Fire Fight concert “captured the attention of the world”.

“It was probably the most dramatic one we’ve done. It set a new standard of production in Australia,” Baker said.

“It was bloody convenient Queen had been there the night before and were able to donate their gear and stage – that made it a whole lot easier.”

Baker said the fundraising total was “pretty bloody staggering”.

“When the music industry puts something on, you can add a zero or two zeros to the amount raised.”

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